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Web Date: December 11, 2017

Chemists forge green path to alkylated amines

Process uses microbe-derived amino acids to produce the industrially important building blocks
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: Green chemistry, Feringa, surfactant, alkylated amines, amino acids

Chemists use alkylated amines to build plastics, pharmaceuticals, and more. Unfortunately, making these important building blocks on a large scale is energy intensive and relies on nonrenewable feedstocks. Now a team of researchers report a green approach to synthesizing the molecules.

Tao Yan, Ben L. Feringa, and Katalin Barta of the University of Groningen, describe an environmentally-friendly catalytic process that uses alcohols to add alkyl groups to . . .

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